This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle, This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars, This other Eden, demi-paradise, This fortress built by Nature for herself Against infection and the hand of war, This happy breed of men, this little world, This precious stone set in the silver sea, Which serves it in the office of a wall Or as a moat defensive to a house, Against the envy of less happier lands,-- This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England. ~~William Shakespeare, Richard III

Sunday, August 8, 2010

This Day in History...

August 8, 1296 - The Stone of Scone, which Scottish kings had been crowned on for centuries, was seized by Edward I. It was finally returned to Scotland in the 1990's.

August 8, 1503 - Margaret Tudor, eldest daughter of Henry VII, married James IV of Scotland.

August 8, 1588 - The English fleet engaged and defeated the Spanish Armada in the Battle of Gravelines. The defeat saved England from invasion.

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